Continuing my story backwards..... The city of Bath - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath,_Somerset
One week ago today, last Saturday (12 Nov), I spent the day in the city of Bath with Jason and Adam!
Once again, Jason's car and they came and picked me up at the hotel at 8am in the morning. For those who know these 2 characters having them show up on time and at 8am in the morning was a small miracle on itself. But I can't thank then enough for a great day.
In 2008 I managed to see Bath for a few hours but we arrived rather late in the day so was unable to visit the Roman Bath's and most of the other sites as it was getting dark. But I was able to tell that this was a city to revisit, the best picture I got that trip was this one;
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Ever since then I've been wanting to get back. ;-)
For those who don't know about Bath and it's history, I recommend reading the link I put at the top. A very long story but basically, the area has hot springs, the Romans found the place and couldn't figure it out so they figured it was a magical place given to them by the gods. So they built themselves some luxurious bathtubs where they hung out all day because they were special and deserved it. This was all around 47AD. Over time the Romans left and it was abandoned for many years until the site was "rediscovered" and the kings and queens decided it was their turn to soak in the tubs. That's my version and I'm sticking to it! hahaha.
Actually the whole city just drips of history and is a must see if you visit England. Even with all the tourists all over the place it is an amazing place. Given that most of the buildings here are older then Canada it's quite the feeling to be around all this stuff.
We arrived around 9am before many of the tourists landed so we got an early start. The first big thing you see when you arrive at is the Abbey, you can't miss it.
Thinking back on it, I didn't see anything as to if the church is ever open to enter but to be honest I never looked. It must be amazing inside. Something to check out on my next visit.
Given the small number of tourists we immediately took to the Roman Baths. Inside your issued with a phone type device that you hold up to your ear for an audio tour (they also had these at Stonehenge and Avebury) and you type numbers into the keypad as you arrive at different spots along the way. I gave up on it around a quarter of the way through as I found it was getting rather irritating.
The baths are a bit deceptive as they have been rebuilt numerous times. Some of it is Roman and some of it is from the English. Although they seem to concentrate mostly on the Roman history surrounding the site.
Must have been something to see.
Throughout there are many carvings, figureheads and monument markers like the ones above.
Some of the mosaic floors that were recovered. Some very interesting work.
Throughout the site they found coins from many eras and from all over Europe.
To the right are the pillars that were made to hold the floor up. I've heard 2 stories about these. One was that the hot air was allowed to circulate underneath to warm the floors and the other was that slaves would crawl underneath and light fires to keep the floors warm.
One of the many statues above the baths.
Jason hanging out in front of the bath.
The Royal Cresent - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Crescent
We found a real estate listing for apartments in this building - oh my!
Figured I'd stop writing and let you take the photos of this beautiful city in for yourself.